Climate Resilient WASH

5.1 # of people using at least basic drinking water services


Access to an at least basic drinking water service is fundamental to living a healthy life with dignity.

This indicator links directly to SDG 1.4.1. The global Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) which measures our progress to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), measures two levels of access – to a basic service and to a safely managed service (see Indicator 5.2 below).  Data on this may be able feed into national SDG reporting.  The indicator also links to humanitarian minimum standards (Sphere) and is likely to be a WASH cluster / sector indicator.


Programmatic: Baseline and endline. Two years into the programme this indicator should be measured on an annual basis.

For development and humanitarian projects: Baseline and endline. At mid-term, measuring this indicator may help to refine the project’s activities.

Data Source

Household surveys.

How to Collect

Dissagregate data by

Gender Age Wealth Diversity Not applicable

Other comments

  • A basic drinking water service is one from an improved source (see below) where the round trip to collect water is 30 minutes or less, including queueing.
  • Improved drinking water sources are those which by nature of their design and construction have the potential to deliver safe water. These include piped supplies (such as households with tap water in their dwelling, yard or plot; or public standposts) and non-piped supplies (such as boreholes, protected wells and springs, rainwater and packaged or delivered water).  Stricter national standards may apply.